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DUI Checkpoint Planned for Friday in Malibu

Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily, according to deputies from the Lost Hills Station.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lost Hills Station:

Driving Under the Influence / Driver’s License (DUI/CDL) Checkpoints are conducted by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 30, in the city of Malibu between the hours of7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.   

The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. 

Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.  

When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

In 2011, nearly 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 774 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 49 lives and resulted in 893 injury crashes harming 1,113 of our friends and neighbors,” said Sgt. Joseph Jakl of the Risk Management Bureau. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent.  Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence.  Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

Funding for these operations is provided to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety http://www.ots.ca.gov/ through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration http://www.nhtsa.gov/, reminding everyone to continue to work together to bring an end to these tragedies. 

If you see a Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Lorelei Shark May 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM
It's time again for that Friday night game, brought to us by the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's station... "Stop That Car" aka DUI/CDL. Eight hours of pins and needles, stop-and-go traffic, somewhere... at an undisclosed secret location... on our very own PCH. It's illegal to stop a car without just cause... so they cleverly came up with the California Drivers License checkpoint under the guise of a DUI checkpoint. Just a little / and they can trap those illegal drivers... oh those shrewed Sheriffs. How many cars will they stop? How many illegal drivers will they jail? How many cars will they impound? How many drivers will they scrutinize in order to find one DUI... while not actually experiencing that driver drive? Stay tuned - results revealed on Saturday.
Will Smith May 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM
To be clear, you are not just being delayed momentarily, you are being "Detained by the police" albeit for a short time, without probable cause in violation of the fourth amendment. You can not leave the checkpoint until you prove that you are a legal resident by showing your "papers," aka, licence. If they find any other ancillary violations you will be arrested and may be fined or imprisoned. If you display a bad attitude, watch out, they are the sole judge as to your cooperation. - Count the minutes you wasted waiting in line and multiply that by the number of people that are stopped. After that, look at the number of DUI's that are actually found. That will give the true cost of this social experiment that is wasting our time, polluting our air, and violating our liberties. Some here believe the government never wastes our money and always tells the truth, but why did 11 states ban this practice? Was it because they did not believe the NHTSA?
Ann Tomkins May 29, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Checkpoints deter drunk driving when the community knows there will be checkpoints. However, it seems that most of the cars on PCH are passing through Malibu, little deterrent effect when people don't know about the checkpoints. I haven't seen the statistics on the number of drunk driving arrests or accidents caused by Malibu residents vs. visitors to Malibu. However, I suspect patrols would be more effective on PCH.
Lorelei Shark May 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Dave Raines - 30x Patch blogger on Dui checkpoints, arrests and click-it-or-ticket. Are you a prefessional respondent for the sheriff'sdepartment Dave? FYI - PCH checkpoints are not highly publicized. PCH has no alternate road - there's only one and it's a trap. Once on it one is trapped and has to go through the checkpoint - like crossing a border in a foreign country or getting on a plane. Furthermore, there is no hard proof that any DUI accidents are averted on PCH - only proof that there are illegals driving. Dave, it's also about your wording, it sounds like an ad with the need to deceive... Checkpoints have been shown to have the potential to lower DUI fatality rates by up to 20 percent by virtue of their deterrence. That's a very tentative statement. Let's look at your words... "have been shown"; "potential"; "lower"; "by virtue of". Dave, say it as it is, rather than use words to show the possibilities of your vision. Personally - I believe patrols are a better solution - catch the drunk driver - don't penalize everyone else driving on the only road available. Put 2 to 3 cops in front of Nikita, Moonshadows, Geoffreys, Taverna Tony, etc. etc. etc. Instead - your guys cast a wide net - hoping to catch whatever drives in. This is not my America.
Mahalo May 29, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Friday is the wrong night to do it anyway. It is harassing the the local citizens coming home after a long week of work. LASD, you want to be effective? Then step up and strap one on for a Saturday Night Check Point or better yet a Sunday night at say, Big Rock south/eastbound to catch all the drunks who have been drinking all day.

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